Le Mayeur Museum

Le Mayeur was a painter comes from the family or Belgium Royals. He was travelled around the world to paint and finally sailed to Singaraja, Bali in 1932. He met Ni Nyoman Pollok, a legong dancer for the King in Bali and painted her as his model. Le Mayeur fallen in love with her and married her in 1935 with Balinese Culture ceremony.

Since then, Le Mayeur mostly try to portrait Bali through his paintings and made in famous around the world. Many of famous people came to Bali just to see his art and paintings that he showed in his gallery in his house in Sanur. In 1956, Mr. Bahder Johan, Indonesian Minister for Education and Culture give and idea to make a museum for Le Mayeur’s art and paintings.

In 1957, Ni Nyoman Pollok presented their house to Indonesian Government, represented by Anak Agung Bagus Sutedja, former Governor Bali, to make it a full gallery and museum and to be managed by the government

Le Mayeur passed away back in Belgium in 1958 in the age of 78. Ni Nyoman Pollok passed away years after him, in 1985.

Inside the museum, you can also found reliefs about Sugriwa and Subali, with a sculpture written: I Saka Ning Loka 1878 or the year 1956. This incription was made as a reminder of the year it finally finished built as a museum.

The museum holds 89 paintings. After 1985, they updated the list and found there is 1 painting missing, the one with the title “Lotus” and it has never found untill today. All the paintings was made from canvass, hardboard, thinboard, papers, and bagor. In 1942, the one that made from Bagor was broken.


Dalem Kadewatan Temple

Pura Dalem Kadewatan located at Sanur Village was one of the cultural heritage of Denpasar in Sanur. This Pura was built in XV-XX Masehi and before moved to Sanur, this Pura was located in Tangtu, at the edge of Ayung River.

When Tangtu was heavily flooded by the river, all the ceremony was postponed. That’s the moment when the locals decided to moved this Pura to the south, to Tegal Asah, where the land countour has stages and they found a higher place and shine. The place inspired the name Sanur, it came from the word Sa = means one single and Nur = means holy light.

The rituals held in this Pura is using the spiritual timing on Tilem day to triwara kajeng, often named as Tilem Kajeng. Tilem was a prabhawa from Sang Hyang Siva that also had a form as Sang Hyang Yamadipati (The God of the dead) who had the vanishing power.

The dances of Sang Hyang will be performed on the piodalan day.  One of the dance is Sang Hyang Jaran. This dance is very sacred and stopped performed in 1938 and then finally resume on 2016.


This dance showed a horse played and showered with fire with two Pratima in red and white. This sacred dance will feel scary when the dancer as Sang Hyang Jaran playing with a real fire in the middle of the pura and all the songs played in sacred way.


One day after piodalan Tilem Kajeng, the people will do the gebogan offerings along the village. This gebogan will be carried by the womens wearing white and yellow kebaya to praise God for all the blessings. This ceremony called Mepeed.


Pura Dalem Penataran

Pura Dalem Penataran located close to Pura Siwa Dampati. This Pura was built around XVIII-XIX. In Its Gedong Dalem there are sculpture mentioned the year 1793 or 1871 Masehi. Most part of this building which is Gedong Dalem, Palinggih Sumur Suci, Palinggih Hyang Api (Lebuh Geni), Paduraksa Candi Kurung (Kori Agung) and other statues was made from red bricks and rockstone.

pura siwa dampati

Dampati Shiva Temple

Experts predicted that Pura Siwa Dampati was made within XVIII-XIX century. This pura still in good shape with red bricks and related to Pura Dalem Penataran.

Dampati means The Meeting. In Regweda writings, Dampati also refer to a unity between a man and a woman that cannot be separated. This meanings was believed as a manifests of the unity of Siwa and Sakti, the Durga Goddes in Pura Dalem Penataran.

This complex consists of

Gedong Siwa Dampati, Paduraksa Candi Kurung (Kori Agung), dwarapala statue, and a priest statue (Brahmana).


Segara Temple

Experts predicted that Pura Siwa Dampati was made within XVIII-XIX century. This pura still in good shape with red bricks and related to Pura Dalem Penataran.

Dampati means The Meeting. In Regweda writings, Dampati also refer to a unity between a man and a woman that cannot be separated. This meanings was believed as a manifests of the unity of Siwa and Sakti, the Durga Goddes in Pura Dalem Penataran.

This complex consists of

Gedong Siwa Dampati, Paduraksa Candi Kurung (Kori Agung), dwarapala statue, and a priest statue (Brahmana).


Dalem Jumeneng Temple

Still within the beachside of Segara Ayu, there is Pura Segara Ayu. Since there is no authentic history about this Pura, but the structure is very similar with Pura Dalem Jumeneng with layers of Gamping stones. Therefore the experts made an assumption that this Pura was built in Megaliticum age.

The fishermen and all the village people surround that area use this Pura to give offerings, celebrations, and praying. Mostly, they use it to ask a blessing for fishing.

In Balinese, Segara means the beach or seaside, and also known as the territory of Wisnu, the Hindu God. They celebrate piodalan (the birthdays of the pura) on Purnama Kedasa (Purnamaning Sasih Kedasa)

There are 3 spot to place offerings; Palinggih Gunung Agung, Palinggih Gunung Batur, and Palinggih Dalem Segara. All the offerings send for the goodness of the nature, and the mountain. Later in the days, the people surround the area made 3 statues to completed the architectural design; dragon, turtle, and elephant fish statues.

Palinggih Bathara Bayu

is the place to praise Bayu, the God of the wind for Hindu Bali

Penyawangan Ratu Mas Melanting

Queen Melanting and Queen Jilih Lambih was the goddess for fertility, life goodness, and prosperity.

Linggih Ratu Manik Kembar

Made from gamping stone layers with three throne chambers. The thrones are made from stones and believed as the place for the Gods to sit and heard prayers.

Tahta Batu          

A throne with a big seat back. Was made from a single gamping stone with a very minimalist sculptures.


An ancient dwell that brings water. The people used the water from this dwell only for special prayers and made a wall surround it also with gamping stones.


It’s a very solid vertical stone used to be a tombstone and also  believed there are spirits inside this.

Kedok Muka        

These masks was made very simple, the simple lines made a siluet of eyes, noses, and mouths.

Tarian Baris Cina

Baris Cina Dance at Kesumajati Temple Semawang

Baris Cina Dance that held specially in Pura Kesumajati, Semawang, is a very sacred dance and performed only in Piodalan Ceremony of the Pura. This Dance was counted as intangible heritage in October 10th 2018. Unwritten history that told from generations mentioned that this dance was once performed by Ida Ratu Tuan who had tranced and speak with Chinese language, since then, they named this dance as Baris Cina Dance.

The move in this dance similar to Kungfu move, accompanied by Gong Bheri music, the gong is flat and similar to chinese’s musical instruments.


The Batu Jimbar Inscription

Located in Banjar Betngandang, Sanur Kauh village. This incription was made from bronze plates that comes from XII-XIV Century. The plates was found uncomplete and kept in Nyoman Sumariana’s house.

From six plates that being found, experts tried to put all the puzzle together and tried to interpret most of the writing that wrote in ancient Balinese language sculptured in that plates. They devided into 2 big groups; the first group consists plates number 2,4,6,13, and 14. These plates mentioned about the tax applied for the people in Karaman Indrapura. Experts tried to draw the line that the tax is to bring the offerings for the Bhatara Bukit Tunggal. Eventhough there is no evidence about who and when this plates was made, Experts tried to make a conclusion that the closest time and the possible person who made it was Paduka Sri Maharaja Sri Jayasakti, which ruled Bali around 1055-1071 Saka or 1133-1149 Masehi.

The group of plates mentioned that the people there allowed to cut the forbidden tree to make a shelter for their farms, houses, meeting rooms. Other than that, this group of plates describe and mentioned the persons who ruled and helped the king such as Samgat Caksu Karanakranta was held by Pangdudal, Mpungkwing Canggini Dang Upadhayaya Widyottama, and Samgat Mangirendiren Wandani held by Sangkawiryya.

The second group of plates only consist of one plate, number 3. In this plate mentioned about when the king gave a big area of land to one of his men, Rsi Nara Rajapatih. This ceremony was  attended by the important persons and nobody can say no otherwise they will received the karma. Senapati Sarbwa, Senapati Wresanten, Senapati, Balmbunut, Senapari Manyiringan dan Manyuratang I Halu was there, and this moment was also written in Cempaga Incription written by Raja Bhatara Sri Mahaguru during the year of Saka 1246 (1334 Masehi). Selumbung Karangasem Incription which written in 1250 Saka (1350 Masehi) by King Bhatara Sriwijaya Kartaningrat and his mother, Paduka Tara Sri Mahaguru wrote the same ceremony as well.

This incription also mentioned about the edge of the village; north side to side with Bangkyang Siddhi village, to Kalkalan, Air Bakung and Srimuka. Up north to Darawati.

Prasasti Blanjong

The Blanjong Inscription

The Blanjong Incription was made from a solid rock (sailaprasasti) shaped as a pillar with lotus flower sculpture at the end (padma ganda) and a writing mentioned about winning the war. It is inaugurated by the King Sri Kesari Warmadewa in the year of

śake’bde śara wahnimūrtigaṇite (read: Śaka 835) or 913 Masehi. It located in Sanur, in the complex of Pura Blanjong.

The text was sculptured in both sides of the inscription, the south west part written with pra-negari letters used to be used in North India. This side of the inscription written in 6 lines with sansekerta letter. The fourth to the sixth line written with ancient Balinese language. The south east part was written also with Kawi language, one of the oldest Balinese language, consists of 13 lines.

History revealed that this inscription was made as a reminder or triumph marked when the Balinese won the battle from the enemy that comes from the deserts and swallow. “deserts” was identified by the experts as the area of Nusa Penida Islands, Klungkung, Bali or Gerung area in Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. Swallow was identified as the Ketewel Beach, Gianyar, Bali and Sowa in Bima-Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Timur.

This inscription basicly was named after the place where it was found, Banjar Blanjong, Sanur. It was half buried under the ground and the people was thinking it was only a rock that used to anchored the fisherman’s ships. It was W.F Stutterheim, a Dutch Archeologist who was confirmed and try to translate the inscription that his work was continued by R. Goris, also a dutch archeologist and anthropologist.


Located  in Banjar Blanjong, Intaran Village, Sanur Kauh. Blanjong was come from the two words; Labuan (blan) means Anchor, and Jung (jong) means ship. It located along Mertasari Beach until Semawang Beach where all the fisherman’s ships are mostly anchored.

It was known built in the X century, most of it was made from stonerock and bricks.

Palinggih Lingga Yoni

Palinggih Lingga Yoni also known as the symbol of Siva-Budha, a mortar stone made from bricks and stone rock, comes from XIX-XX century

Palinggih Bebaturan Padma Capah/Padma Agung

Palinggih Bebaturan Padma Capah also known as Padma Agung, from bricks and stone rock, comes from XIX-XX century

Palinggih Ida Dalem Blanjong

Pelinggih Ida Dalem Blanjong, from bricks and stone rock, comes from XIX-XX century




According to Pemangku Pura, Jero Mangku Nengah Sudira, this pura has a very closed connection with Pura Dalem Sakenan. This Pura was built as a place to praise Ida Bhatari Istri, the spouse of Ida Bhatara Lanang which place (praised) in Pura Dalem Sakenan.

Temple story

Susunan Wadon Temple

The legend told the story that Ida Bhatari was upset and angry because Ida Bhatara Lanang Dalem Sakenan was taking other women as the second wife. She then didn’t want to see him (Ida Bhatara) again. This is the reason why this two pura  is facing different direction. Pura Dalem Sakenan is facing west, meanwhile Pura Susunan Wadon is facing east.

Other legend told that by the time Dang Hyang Nirartha was finished Pura Dalem Sakenan at Serangan Island, he was heading east and then find another sacred location to build Sthana for Bhatari Durga, then he did his meditation on that place. During his meditation, Bhatari Durga was came and told him to become the King for Bali before he did his Moksha. But Dang hyang Nirartha refused this.

Bhatari Durga gave him other alternative, he had to head to North West to reach his Moksha, to the sthana of Dewa Rudra (Pura uluwatu). Dang Hyang Nirartha built Pura Susunan Wadon with the villain before he leave the place. The word Wadon means “women” and it also means that place is a sacred place for Bhatari Durga (Aryantari, 2010:41-43)


Pura Susunan Wadon is listed as part of Pura Dang Kahyangan in Bali, there is Piodalan Ceremony specially held for this pura every 210 days, on Redite Umanis, Wuku Kuningan. Dang Kahyangan was used as a place to praise and send all the offerings for dang guru (the holy and sacred guru) Mpu Kuturan and Danghyang Nirartha (Ida Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rawuh). Pura Susunan Wadon also cathegorized as pura Kahyangan Jagat Bali

Temples and statues built in the XV – XVI Century period

1. The temple of Gedong Ida Bhatari Lingsir Dalem Susunan Wadon

Height               : – cm

Length               : 367 cm

Width                 : 329 cm


2. Paduraksa Candi Bentar


Located in the middle of wall that connecting inside building with the middle one.

3. Nandi I Statue

Height              : 50 cm

Width                : 36 cm

Length              : 59 cm     


Located at the south of prasada. The Hindu Balinese iconography mentioned this cow sheep statue as Siva, local people call it Kebo Dongol.

4. Nandi II Statue

Height            : 50 cm

Width              : 36 cm

Length             : 70 cm     


Located at the north of Prasada

5. Dwarapala Statue I

Height             : 102 cm

Width              : 37 cm

Length            : 38 cm


Located at the south of Prasada

6. Dwarapala II Statue

Height               : 101 cm

Width                : 31 cm

Thickness         : 35 cm   


Located at the north of Prasada

7. Dwarapala Bhatari I Statue

Height               : 122 cm

Width                 : 53 cm

Thickness          : 49 cm   


Located at the west side of Candi Bentar. They call it as Dwarapala Bhatari, the statue that guard the entrance with the siluet of a very scary women

8. Dwarapala Bhatari II Statue

Height                 : 122 cm

Width                  :   48 cm

Thickness           :   49 cm   


This statue is located at the front east of Candi Bentar.

9. Panji Statue I

Height                     : 69 cm

Width                      : 33 cm

Thickness               : 29 cm     


This statue wearing a very unique headpiece, shaped like a roll called gelungan pepanjian or keklopingan. In Balinese ancient dance (dramatari gambuh), panji used to play the role as a king.


10. Panji Statue II

Tinggi                : 72 cm

Lebar                 : 34 cm

Tebal                  : 32 cm                           


11. Kadean-kadean Statue

Height              : 81 cm

Width                : 30 cm

Thickness         : 32 cm                 


This statue had gegelungan jejempongan as the headpiece. Kadean-kadean is playing the role as ministers in dramatari Gambuh Bali.

12. Twalen Statue

Height                 : 73 cm

Width                  : 40 cm

Thickness           : 34 cm                


This statue playing a role as the wisemen for the king

13. Mredah Statue

Height               : 76 cm

Width                :  29 cm

Thickness         : 30 cm             


This is also playing a role as the wisemen. She is the partner for Twalen, her father.